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Benjamin Watson reveals he will miss first four weeks of 2019 due to failed drug test

Benjamin Watson reveals he will miss first four weeks of 2019 due to failed drug test

One of the tight ends the Patriots brought in to replace the retired Rob Gronkowski will not be able to suit up for the first month of the 2019 season. 

Benjamin Watson revealed on his Facebook page that he is facing a four-game suspension by the NFL for failing a drug test due to treatment he received after his retirement from football in December. 

Here's an excerpt from the post:

After my contract expired last March I told my doctors I was finished playing, went through a series of medical tests and was prescribed Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate to assist in healing my body and mind.

On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies. I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I'd want to come back.

Watson received interest from several teams to come out of retirement, and ultimately signed a one-year, $3 million deal to return to the team that drafted him 32nd overall in 2004. 

The 14-year veteran has accumulated 5,885 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns in his career, and in 2018 recorded 35 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns with the Saints in 2018. Watson should prove to be a key piece in the Patriots' offense this season with the absence of Gronkowski. 

Until he returns, New England has Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Andrew Beck and Ryan Izzo as their options at tight end. 

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Julian Edelman laughs it up with Stephen Colbert in 'Late Show' appearance

Julian Edelman laughs it up with Stephen Colbert in 'Late Show' appearance

Julian Edelman visited the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday night and the Super Bowl MVP brought his three Super Bowl rings with him.

As Colbert handled the jewelry, he noted the size and heft of the rings and joked, "Do you need to go to the gym or do you just curl with these?"

The Patriots wide receiver was promoting his Showtime documentary, "100%: Julian Edelman" and when asked which ring was his favorite, he borrowed a line from his quarterback, and answers, as Tom Brady usually does, "the next one."

There was no beer-chugging (although we've seen that Edelman knows his way around thator strawberry-eating as in Brady's "Late Show" appearance, but Edelman also discussed meeting Brady as a rookie in 2009, and borrowing another Brady phrase, talked about how multi-functional the words "Let's Go!' have become for him and his teammates.

A discussion of Edelman's Jewish faith ended with him accepting a special gift signifying that from Colbert, a "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" kippa, the traditional Jewish headwear.

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Tom E. Curran politely questions Chris Simms on his ABSURD ranking of Tom Brady

Quick Slants The Podcast: Tom E. Curran politely questions Chris Simms on his ABSURD ranking of Tom Brady

NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms ranks Tom Brady No. 9 - yes, ninth, among current quarterbacks. Tom E. Curran - very politely - demands an explanation.

3:00 - Chris Simms breaks down why he ranked Tom Brady as the ninth-best QB in the NFL right now.

4:00 - Why is Patrick Mahomes ranked higher than Tom Brady?

8:30 - Tom and Chris debate whether it is Bill Belichick or Tom Brady who makes the Patriots successful.

10:00 - How is Matt Ryan ahead of Brady in Simms’ list?

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